The UNIC Director met with year twelve students studying economics and politics to talk about development and the United Nations’s role in international affairs.
The interactive session covered an overview of the UN and its wider system and how the various parts work to resolve many of the world’s development issues.
Central to the discussion were the Sustainable Development Goals and how these were providing guidance to countries in meeting their development challenges.
The session went way beyond the allotted lunch hour as students posed a wide range of questions ranging from the work of different UN entities to how countries interact with the Organization.
It’s like a mini UN General Assembly for sustainable development. Starting this week, nearly 50 countries are voluntarily briefing the world about what they’ve done to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, and looking for ideas on what more they could do.
UN News’ Paulina Greer spoke to Irena Zubcevic, who is with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs(DESA), about the Voluntary National Reviews at the High-level Political Forum.
The UNIC Director visited Narrabundah College to meet with two classes of students studying international politics. The sessions included a presentation on the structure and work of the United Nations as well as a focus on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
The interactive sessions generated a wide range of questions from students, with many interested in the roles of countries at the UN, the functioning of the Security Council and the scope of the General Assembly’s work.
The students were also introduced to the SDGs and how they could individually contribute to reaching the Goals.
The United Nations on Monday welcomed a new member of the family, which will help address the development challenges of the world’s poorest countries through science, technology and innovation, while also marking a significant milestone for the whole 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. More.
The theme of the United Nations Association of New Zealand’s annual conference was to assess the value of Summitry.
In speaking at the conference, UNIC Canberra Director, Christopher Woodthorpe, spoke on how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development owed its existence to the success of a series of summits and conferences which had built, over the years, on a foundation laid by Member States when they agreed on the UNCED, or Earth Summit, outcome document, Agenda 21.
Pictured: Ms Joy Dunsheath, President of the United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ) with the Director of UNIC Canberra. Photo: UNANZ
Sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda were the focus of a presentation made by the UNIC Canberra Director to members of the NZ Institute of International Affairs and the UN Association of NZ at Auckland University.
As many in the audience were not very familiar with the SDGs, the lecture focused on an introduction to the Agenda, but then moved on to review how it was being implemented, with particular reference to developments in the Pacific region.
Students of the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) met with UNIC Canberra Director Christopher Woodthorpe to discuss the SDGs.
The students were enrolled in a range of diverse studies at the university, such as marine biology research, linking science and traditional knowledge for communities to promote conservation efforts, and advocacy for diversity and social justice in communities.
Canberra has a great cafe that is preparing students with disabilities for life after school it is called Black Mountain School’s ‘Six Degrees’ cafe. We worked with the students and the school
to tell the story of a programme that believes in equal opportunity for all.
To learn about the UN’s Support for People With Disabilities please to to the website of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
This story is also part of our video series on “Locals Implementing the SDGS”
The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2018 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council will be held from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 16 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018.
The theme will be “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”. More.